Samuel H. FaraceElectrical engineerSamuel H. Farace, a...


Samuel H. Farace

Electrical engineer

Samuel H. Farace, a retired electrical engineer, died April 3 of cancer at the Willow Valley Lakes Manor Retirement Community in Willow Street, Pa. He was 95.

He was an electrical engineer for 40 years with Philadelphia Electric Co. and designed part of the Conowingo Dam project when the utility built that power plant on the Susquehanna River in 1927.

His expertise was in the field of electrical transmission and distribution systems.

During World War II, he was coordinator of power for the 2nd Naval District and the 3rd Service Command. He retired in 1963.

Born in Baltimore and reared in Little Italy, Mr. Farace was the son of Italian immigrants who came to Baltimore in 1892 from Cefalu, Sicily, and operated fruit stalls in the Lexington and Hollins markets.

He was a 1917 graduate of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and went to work for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and Baltimore Car & Foundry Co. before entering Lehigh University, where he earned his engineering degree in 1923.

He was married for 65 years to the former Anna B. Zimmermann of Lancaster, Pa., who died in 1993. They were longtime residents of Glenside, Pa.

Mr. Farace was active in the alumni affairs of Poly, often returning to Baltimore for reunions even when he was in his 90s.

He enjoyed traveling and gardening, and counted among his accomplishments the translation of a history of the Catholic Church in Sicily from Italian into English.

He was a member of the American Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers, the Pennsylvania Electric Association and the Engineers Club of Philadelphia.

Survivors include a son, Eugene D. Farace of Salisbury; a daughter, Barbara Deliyannides of Coconut Creek, Fla.; a sister, Concetta Nolker of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

There were no services.

S.E. Sheppard-Jirsa

High school senior

Stephen Edward Sheppard-Jirsa, who was captain of the Westminster High School wrestling team, died Friday at his Westminster home. The family declined to give the cause of death. He was 17.

Cathy Schisler, whose son was Stephen's best friend, said, "He was a great wrestler and was very popular. He had planned to go to college and become a police officer.

"An enormous amount of hearts were broken Sunday night when hundreds came to pay their respects."

He was born in Baltimore and reared in Westminster, where he was a member of the high school's Class of 1994. He was active in the Varsity Letter Club and St. John Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. John Church on Monroe Street in Westminster.

He is survived by his father, Harry E. Sheppard III of Baltimore; his mother, Robyn Fischer Jirsa of Westminster; a sister, Jessica Jirsa of Westminster; his stepfather, Wayne C. Jirsa of Westminster; and his great-grandmothers, Frances Jirsa and Marie Hartman, both of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to the Westminster High School Wrestling Team, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster 21157.

Marida S. Taylor

Substitute teacher

Marida S. Taylor, a former substitute teacher at public schools in Baltimore, died Friday at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., after a heart attack. She was 59.

The Baltimore native had moved to East Fishkill, N.Y., in 1966.

The former Marida Savage was a 1952 graduate of Douglass High School and also graduated from the Cortez Peters Business School.

She was a contralto soloist in the choir at Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at March Funeral Home, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.

She is survived by her husband, Paul L. Taylor Sr.; two daughters, Kay C. Diaz of Poughkeepsie and Kim C. Taylor of East Fishkill; four sons, Paul L. Taylor Jr. and Marc K. Taylor, both of Beltsville, Eric V. Taylor of Wallkill, N.Y., and the Rev. Scott B. Taylor of Gaithersburg, who will conduct the service; her father, Theodore Savage of Baltimore; a sister, Vashti Savage of Baltimore; two brothers, Theodore Savage Jr. and Vernon Savage, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Sister Mary Hickel

Teacher, principal

Sister Mary Edna Hickel, S.S.N.D., a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for nearly 50 years, died Friday of cancer at Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of her order on North Charles Street. She was 67.

The former Jean Hickel transferred to the Notre Dame Juniorate while a high school student in Pittsburgh. She entered the congregation in 1944 and professed her vows three years later.

Sister Edna began her teaching career at the former St. Andrew School near Johns Hopkins Hospital. She taught in several Pennsylvania schools and for 17 years was on the faculty of Most Holy Name Elementary in Pittsburgh, which she had attended as a child. She was principal of St. John in Frederick from 1984 to 1989 and later returned to Most Holy Name.

Survivors include two sisters, Constance Dougherty and Eva Woomer, both of Pittsburgh.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Villa Assumpta.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.


Clifton Harding Sr.

Bethlehem Steel retiree

Clifton T. Harding Sr., a retired supervisor in the coke oven department at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Saturday at MedBridge-Baltimore after a stroke. The Dundalk resident was 87.

He retired in 1970 after 42 years at Sparrows Point. The native of Goldvein, Va., began working there when he first came to the Baltimore area.

He was an air raid warden during World War II, a member of Dundalk United Methodist Church and its Methodist Men, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

His wife of 42 years, the former Annabelle E. Oechsler, died in 1976.

Services were to be held at 10 a.m. today at the Bradley-Ashton Funeral Home, 2134 Willow Spring Road, Dundalk.

Mr. Harding is survived by three sons, Clifton T. Harding Jr. of Wappingers Falls, N.Y., John F. Harding of Rosedale and Ronald M. Harding of Dundalk; three sisters, Louise Lane of Rochester, Ky., Mildred Kielman of Bloomington, Ind., and Hilda Coffman of Bealton, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

Hobert E. Bowers Jr.

Construction worker

Services for Hobert E. Bowers Jr., a Severn resident who was killed Thursday in a fall from a roof he was working on in North Laurel, were to be held at 11 a.m. today at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1 Second Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie.

The native of Cheverly, Prince George's County, was 26 and a 1985 graduate of Meade High School.

He had been working for a year for Gutter Helmet Co. of Hanover and earlier had done construction work for several companies.

He is survived by his fiancee, Christine Donahue of Severn; two sons, Jason Dalton Bowers and Daniel Mason Bowers, both of Severn; his parents, Betty and Hobert E. Bowers Sr., both of Linthicum; and four sisters, Pat Bennett of Pearlington, Miss., Kathryn Collison of Glen Burnie, Jackie Hicks of Dundalk and Lisa Bowers of Linthicum.

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